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Onew is not in any program yet after Yahaengsung ended. But Onew is emerging as a next-generation MC or post-Lee Seungki because he can make subtle reaction comments and unexpected adlibs at will. When he guest-stars in a program, the program’s viewer board is filled with requests for casting Onew as a permanent MC, and the PD hints through captions his hope to have him in the program.
With his smart image, cute face, gentle but manly voice, and bellowing singing, Onew has grabbed noonas’ hearts. However, he was not a promising Entertainment Idol in the beginning. In the first few episodes of Yahaengsung, Onew was just a well-mannered idol who didn’t do anything but smiling and had a “soon-to-be-dropped-out” tag. But Yahaengsung PD didn’t give up on him, saying “Lee Seungki was not who he is now from the beginning.”
Now Onew is reborn as a next Entertainment Idol with his walnut-breaking ttakbam skill and triple entertainment techniques (MC-ing+reaction+adlib). To Onew who replies “That’s your ability” to Park Myeongsoo who complains about Onew stealing his comments, noonas want to say this: “Please, show your ability.”
Source: KBS Journal